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Oral history interview with Karl Benjamin, 1981 September 10-12

Benjamin, Karl, 1925-

Painter, Educator


Collection Information

Size: 61 Pages, Transcript

Format: Originally recorded on 3 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 5 digital wav files. Duration is 3 hr., 30 min.

Summary: An interview of Karl Benjamin conducted 1981 September 10-12, by William Weiss, for the Archives of American Art.
Benjamin speaks of his background and education; the development of his work; artists and galleries he was associated with in Los Angeles; his personal philosophy of painting and teaching.

Biographical/Historical Note

Karl Benjamin (1925- ) is a painter from Claremont, California.


These interviews are part of the Archives' Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and others.

Language Note

English .


Funding for the digital preservation of this interview was provided by a grant from the Save America's Treasures Program of the National Park Service.

How to Use This Collection

Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Karl Benjamin, 1981 September 10-12. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.